The water tank atop Greek Islands restaurant at 200 S Halsted Street in Greektown was issued a demolition permit March 3rd. By the 12th, it was gone, leaving only the steel supports as a reminder of its existence. That, and the photos we have of it.
Better take photos of those that still remain, and soon. They’re an endangered species in Chicago.
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727 West Madison stands stoic behind the painted water tank at Morgan Mfg.
I like construction. I like Chicago Water Tanks. So it made me slightly giddy to see 727 West Madison lined up perfectly with the delightful water tank atop Morgan Mfg at 401 North Morgan Street in the West Loop. I thought I’d share it.
Chicago’s water tanks are back in the news, thanks to a report from WGN’s Lourdes Duarte. I started scrambling to find what photos I didn’t lose in the Great Hard Drive Debacle of 2017. Here are a few tanks that have come down from the skyline in recent years.
***If you get really bored, you can do a fly-over tour of Chicago on Google Maps and find water tanks in older views that are still on the map, but have since been demolished. You’ll find a lot more than I have pictured here.
The W.M. Hoyt Building, 465 W. Cermak Rd.
114 S. State St.
404 S. Wells St.
412 S. Wells St.
1217 W. Washington Blvd was just demolished, along with the rest of the building.
Archer Daniels Midland grain silos, 1300 W/ Carroll St.
American Flag, Water Tank, and Caisson Rig along the Lake Street elevated tracks.
A strong indicator of future tower cranes is a present caisson rig. Stalworth Underground has a couple of them on site at Lake and Green Streets for the Hoxton Chicago hotel. Get off the CTA Green Line train at the Morgan for a great view of an American Flag, a water tank, and a caisson rig. A caisson rig with the Stars & Stripes attached, that is. It’ll be a tower crane soon enough.
The Chicago Water Tank and American Flag sit atop East Bank Storage, 730 West Lake Street.
Very little remains of the water tank at 809 North Racine Avenue.
It held on as long as it could. So long, in fact, that I had forgotten to be vigilant. But a Sunday stroll along Grand Avenue, a peek to the north, and it was gone. The Chicago Water Tank at 809 North Racine Avenue has been demolished, reduced to little more than a kiddie pool.
Since I’d stopped paying close attention, I don’t know when it happened, but I can only assume it was last week. And there’s still some work to be done on it.
Slated for demolition back on August 30 of 2016, this tank had staying power.
Will repairs to the water tank at 1622 West Carroll Avenue include removing the tags?
Yesterday, we looked at the scaffolding around the water tank at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in River West. And now, news of another tank that’s being repaired instead of removed: 1622 West Carroll Avenue in West Town. The City of Chicago issued a permit for repairs on June 1.
The general contractor tasked with this unique fixer-upper is Karl Natschke Construction of Woodstock, IL. And this being a water tank, it seems appropriate to point out the plumbing contractor as well: Discovery Plumbing & Heating, of Lansing, IL. Thanks to those two contractors, and to Sassafras Enterprises, the owners of the building, for saving another Chicago Water Tank.
Repairs are underway on the Salvation Army water tank at 509 North Union Avenue.
As you may have read back in March, the water tank above the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 509 North Union Avenue in River West was issued a restoration permit. Now, scaffolding surrounds the tank as the promised repairs are underway. The work is being done by Pinnacle Development of Forest Park.
Always nice to see a water tank being saved, isn’t it?